Angel’s Envy Eggnog

*6 large egg yolks, ½ c sugar, 1 c heavy cream, 2 c whole milk, 1 tsp nutmeg, pinch of salt, ¼ tsp vanilla extract Whisk together egg yolks and sugar in a bowl until fluffy. In a saucepan, bring cream, milk, nutmeg and salt to low boil, stirring often. Stir one tablespoon milk mixture into sugar and egg mixure. Continue to add one tablespoon at … Read More

The Hot Toddy

While the hot toddy’s origin is often ascribed to Scotland, the root behind the name is possibly a little more exotic. It may date back to a 1600s Hindi word “tarrie,” which referred to a beverage made of fermented palm sap (the ‘r’ sound was similar to an English ‘d’). It could have also have evolved from the Sanskrit … Read More

The Brown Derby (or De Rigueur)

The Brown Derby cocktail
History is often a little murky regarding the origins of many classic cocktails. In no case is this more evident than the Brown Derby. Sorry, or is that the De Rigueur? Depending on which coast you’re on, the answer is “Sure.” The problem is that they’re identical cocktails that emerged around roughly the same time. The De Rigueur … Read More

The Saratoga Cocktail

Angel's Boomerang cocktail
Once upon a time, Saratoga Springs New York was the 19th century’s east coast equivalent of Las Vegas. The wealthy were free to while away their hours gambling, carousing or relaxing with spa treatments. In the golden age of resort towns, Saratoga Springs was one of the first. In the early 1800s, Gideon Putnam decided to build a European-style … Read More

The Suburban

The Suburban cocktail
There are some cocktails we’d frankly like to see more of, and The Suburban is one of them. It’s a relic that comes to us from the upscale gentlemen’s clubs and hotel bars of late 19th century New York City. And today, it would fit in just as well at the same types of establishments—except for … Read More


Tools: mixing glass, strainer Glass: cocktail glass Garnish: orange slice, lemon twist or cherry A misplaced classic, the Boulevardier was once the toast of a golden age—1920s Paris. While credit for the cocktail is often given to Harry MacElhone, the proprietor of Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, he names Edward Erskine Gwynne as the original creator. Edward … Read More

The Manhattan

The Manhattan cocktail
The Manhattan has a rich and storied history, much of which is probably false. Many claim that the Manhattan was created in 1874 at the Manhattan Club in New York City for a dinner party hosted by Winston Churchill’s mother. However, several historical records actually place her in Europe on the evening of the event, and pregnant, so hopefully there’ … Read More

The Mint Julep

Mint Julep cocktail
Like so many classic cocktails, the Mint Julep’s history is a vast series of smaller tributaries flowing together into the mighty river of bourbon that we know today. The term ‘Julep’ most likely originated with the Arabic word Golâb, which meant ‘rose water.’ That word in turn gradually changed into julab, which became associated with sweet, medicinal drinks. … Read More